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June 14, 2024

Is It Possible to Save An Infected Tooth?

A man holding the side of his face, which looks contorted in pain

Many people are understandably anxious about the possibility of losing a tooth to infection. It can be quite distressing to experience tooth pain or deal with an infection. However, thanks to advances in modern dentistry, it's now much easier to save an infected tooth than it was in the past!  

What Is a Dental Infection?

A dental infection, often referred to as a tooth abscess, occurs when bacteria invade the dental pulp — the innermost part of the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This typically results from untreated dental cavities or injuries. The infection can lead to swelling, pain, and if not treated promptly, it may spread to other parts of the face and skull, or even into the bloodstream. Symptoms of a dental infection can include severe toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling in the face or cheek, and fever.

How Can Root Canal Therapy Help an Infected Tooth?

A root canal is the standard treatment for a tooth infection; which can be a scary prospect for some, but with today's technology and anesthesia, the process is typically painless. After a root canal procedure, the infected pulp is carefully removed from the tooth, the pulp chamber is cleaned, and a biocompatible material is used to fill the gap and seal it. In the end, a filling or crown is used to reconstruct the tooth so it can function normally and look good again. This stops the infection from spreading throughout the mouth and body, which saves the tooth.

Improving Treatment with Cutting-Edge Diagnostic Tools  

To maximize the efficacy of our treatments, Dental Image Therapy Centres use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. A precise diagnosis and treatment plan can be achieved with the help of digital X-rays and Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans, which provide comprehensive images of the teeth and surrounding bone.

The Benefits of Maintaining Your Natural Teeth

  • Optimal Functionality: Keeping your natural teeth maintains proper alignment and biting force, essential for effective eating and oral functions.
  • Natural Appearance: Natural teeth provide a more authentic and harmonious look, blending seamlessly with your existing smile compared to prosthetics.
  • Cost Savings: Opting for root canal therapy often proves more cost-effective than alternatives such as dental implants or bridges.

Sometimes teeth just can't be saved no matter how careful we are. For these patients, we provide state-of-the-art tooth replacement solutions, including dental implants and bridges.  

Our team is dedicated to helping patients understand their options so they may make an educated decision about their dental health and lifestyle. Book your next visit at either of our Winnipeg locations in Garden City or St. Vital.  

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Maybe it's time for your and your family's regular checkup and cleaning, you have a toothache or you need to get your treatment plan going - whatever the reason, we're here to help you get your confident smile. Whether you're a new patient or a returning friend, we can't wait to see you at your next appointment at either of our Winnipeg clinics!

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